New York Giants Underdog Receiver Vying For Roster Spot

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman talks to players during practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have a rather stacked wide receiver corps heading into the 2018 season. With Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, and Roger Lewis holding four roster spots, one undrafted rookie is vying for a reserve pass-catcher spot.

Former Bethune-Cookman receiver Jawill Davis has performed valiantly during rookie mini-camp and OTAs. He’s been coined as a savvy route runner, who has a knack for catching balls in traffic.

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According to his NFL Draft profile:

Davis is a savvy route runner who generates good explosion off the line, along with good hand usage to get into his route and get a clean release and avoid the jam. He has the ball skills to play outside his frame and make proper adjustments working down field. His hip swerve and head fakes, along with his natural hands, lets him make a quick move to elude the defender while cradling the ball properly to prevent the forced fumble.

Davis shows good athletic ability for his position, demonstrating the change of direction, balance and body control to not take any false steps getting into his routes. He has sudden quickness and impressive deep speed, building his acceleration nicely, as he shows the body torque to get in and out of his breaks cleanly. He is a quick, short strider with good playing speed for his size, but is better utilized in the short-to-intermediate areas, as he has very good balance running his routes and does a good job of adjusting to the ball in flight.

How can he fit in with the Giants?

Davis averaged 16.0 yards per reception with 106 total catches for 1,692 yards and 10 touchdowns in 46 games for his alma mater.

Davis’s most impressive skill is undoubtedly his route running abilities. In case of injury, Davis could be a solid receiver to fill in as a backup, but he’s certainly a project moving forward. He will need a minimum of two seasons to learn the ways of an NFL receiver and adjust to a professional level of talent.

He’s quietly making a name for himself, but he will need to show out in pre-season to earn a spot on the team.